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Wednesday, September 02, 2020

FOX 26 KRIV debuts 6pm newscast

FOX 26 KRIV to debut “The NewsEdge Early Edition” at 6pm - Kaitlin Monte to Anchor 6 p.m. Newscast; Rashi Vats Promoted to Anchor of “The FOX 26 News at 5 p.m.”

Kaitlin Monte

HOUSTON – FOX 26 Houston will debut “The NewsEdge Early Edition” at 6 p.m. on September 14th, announced station Vice President and News Director, Susan Schiller. The half-hour, weekday newscast will follow “The FOX 26 News at 5 p.m.” and precede “TMZ.” With this addition, FOX 26 will produce 10 hours of live, local news each weekday and 60 hours of local news per week, more than any other local television station in the market.

Kaitlin Monte is teasing us with "9.14.20"

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In making the announcement, Schiller stated, “Following the success of the 10 p.m. edition of ‘NewsEdge,’ we recognized there was a desire for this kind of hyper-local, interactive newscast and wanted to expand the franchise into the earlier hours, where it may resonate with more of our viewers.”

Anchored by Kaitlin Monte, “The NewsEdge Early Edition” will provide a fast-paced roundup of the most critical news of the day, highlighting key local stories. This non-traditional newscast will be conversational and follow the format of the station’s “NewsEdge at 10 p.m.,” which launched in August 2017. Meteorologist Dr. Jim Siebert will provide weather updates throughout the program, and local attorney and former judge, Charles Adams will be a contributor with a segment called ‘Making the Case.’

Monte added, “Our biggest priority with this program is to avoid wasting anyone’s time. We pack a lot in to get Houstonians ahead on the topics impacting them before they’ve even attracted mainstream attention.”

Rashi Vats

In addition, Rashi Vats has been promoted to anchor of “The FOX 26 News at 5 p.m.,” alongside Jonathan Martin. She will also contribute segments to “The NewsEdge Early Edition,” “The NewsEdge at 10 p.m.,” as well as “The FOX 26 News at 9 p.m.” Vats previously served as a reporter for the station’s morning newscasts, “Houston’s Morning Show” and “WakeUp! With Sally Mac and Lina” since 2013. Monte will continue her role as co-anchor of the “FOX 26 News at 9 p.m.” with Jonathan Martin.

Regarding the promotion, Schiller added, “Rashi’s reporting and anchoring have always reflected how much she cares about the people here, since she is one of them. We know she’ll bring her trademark high energy to evenings.”

Vats stated, “I am humbled by the opportunity to anchor the evening news in my hometown and hope to particularly make the Indian community proud. I’m the same Rashi you’ve seen in the mornings, just at a different time!”

FOX Television Stations owns and operates 29 full power broadcast television stations in the U.S. These include stations located in nine of the top ten largest designated market areas (DMAs), and duopolies in 11 DMAs, including the three largest DMAs (New York, Los Angeles and Chicago). Of these stations, 17 are affiliated with the FOX Network. In addition to distributing sports, entertainment and syndicated content, our television stations collectively produce nearly 1,000 hours of local news every week. These stations leverage viewer, distributor and advertiser demand for the FOX Network’s national content.

(This post taken from a release sent to me by FOX Television Stations)

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